Disney is the second largest mass media company in the world, owns 14 theme parks globally and has produced over 50 films. Its size has predictably inspired some low-budget fakes — with hilarious results.
Many foreign animation companies have flagrantly ignored Disney copyright and shamelessly seized on the plot, characters and visuals of the famed movies for their own uses.
Here are the results:
6. Cinderella goes to Thailand
GM Toons in Thailand has created a series of animated Fairy Tales that brazenly churns out copies of favorites like Cinderella, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and 101 Dalmatians.
Watch a nightmarish clip of Cinderella:
5. 'Tron' treks to South Korea
A year after the original Tron was released in 1982, South Korea was offered a new animation by ADDA Audio Visual Limited: Savior of the Earth.
Despite being slightly more creative than GM Toons with the title, there are undeniable similarities between the two films.
Both feature life-endangering video games, tanks with guns, frisbee fights, and Pacman.
4. 'Up' flies to Brazil
The Vídeo Brinquedo studio in São Paulo, Brazil must struggle to come up with its own ideas. Incredibly, it has been ripping off animations since 1994 and distributing to 12 countries.
Beginning with modernizations of stories like Pinocchio, they have progressed to simply recreating budget 3D animations that owe almost every frame to movies like Up, Cars, and Ratatouille.
3. 'Mowgli' goes wild in Russia
This is not a knock-off of the Disney's The Jungle Book, though it provides an interesting comparison as both use Rudyard Kipling's 1894 novel as their foundation.
This Russian version is more loyal to the book's primal essence; with duels, blood, and death.
The five-part Soviet series Adventures of Mowgli began in the same year as the Disney movie's release, in 1967, and continued until 1971.
Watch the first episode with subtitles here:
2. A Disney-like theme park lands in China
A park called Wonderland with striking similarities to those of Disney's rots abandoned in China. A crumbling castle, skeletal walkways, and ragged cornfields now rule the area.
A Thai property developer began construction before the land had been sold in 1998. Big mistake. It was unable to agree on the price with the land owner, and the deal broke down two years later.
1. 'Frozen' freezes in Canada
Frozen raked in such almighty success, over $1 billion dollars, at the box office that a company called Phase 4 Films thought they could spare a loan of the logo.
When one of Phase 4's movies, Legend of Sarila, flopped in cinemas, the company gave it a quick rename when it came out on DVD in 2013. It shares no similarities with Frozen other than both having snow.
Disney was quick to react in this case, however, filing a trademark infringement lawsuit against Phase 4 for its bold theft.
Have you seen any questionable remakes?